Dr. Davis being visited by Dr. Dugas at UAB

To God be the Glory: Jeff Davis, MD Shares His Victory over Severe Covid

Miracle Moments

      

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“You restored me to health and let me live. Surely it was for my benefit that I suffered such anguish. In your love you kept me from the grave.” Isaiah 38:16-17

Dr. Davis being visited by Dr. Dugas at UAB
Dr. Jeff Dugas visiting Dr. Davis a few days before he was discharged from UAB. The two physicians practice at Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center in Birmingham.

In 2020, I went on a journey I would never have chosen to go on but one that led me to a deeper understanding of God’s love and mercy, the importance of relationships, the power of community prayer, and experiencing the realization that He still performs miracles today. As an orthopedic surgeon at Andrews Sports Medicine, I have had the privilege to operate on thousands of patients and improve the quality of life for countless individuals. I have seen innumerable not easily explained phenomena in medicine but had never directly experienced a miracle. 

Dr Jeffrey C. Davis Sheri Davis Praying Over Dr. Davis Via FaceTime
Dr. Davis’s wife Sheri prays over him via Facetime, while he was asleep and recovering at UAB. Dr. Davis shares that prayers and the words of Isaiah 38: 16-17 and Romans 8:11 helped sustain him during his grave illness.

I contracted COVID-19 at the end of October of 2020. I became extremely ill and developed breathing issues with decreased oxygen saturation. I was transported by ambulance to UAB Hospital and was admitted into the Covid unit on November 13. Within 2 days, I was admitted to ICU and became better due to an experimental drug. After completing the drug study, I was admitted again to ICU. The loneliness and despair were mitigated by praying and quoting scripture with my wife and listening to Christian music. I deteriorated due to bacterial pneumonia, pulmonary emboli, and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). I had to be intubated emergently due to respiratory failure as I was unable to maintain oxygen levels and to remove carbon dioxide. As a last-ditch effort, I was placed on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) to try and oxygenate my blood and remove carbon dioxide as the ventilator was not effective. The intubation and ECMO were both done expeditiously as the UAB staff had contacted my wife about my dire health status. When I was the most ill and near death, there was an outpouring of intense petition and prayer which I believe led me to the miracle of my recovery from what appeared to be in the natural, a hopeless situation. After being on the ECMO device for 3 weeks, I was able to come home on December 31. I was extremely excited to get home and to leave 2020 behind!

Dr. Jeffrey C. Davis with His Wife and Daughters
Dr. Davis and his wife, Sheri, with their three adopted daughters, two from Guatemala and one from the US. The adoption process with each daughter was different, but difficult and grew their faith in Christ. “There were so many obstacles over months and months,” recalls Dr. Davis but adds that God opened doors to bring the girls home. The family attends Church of the Highlands.

I have worked diligently in a Cardio-Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program and am currently back at work and require oxygen only to exercise. I am so grateful for the multitude of prayers from the Body of Christ and the skill of the doctors that saved my life. The community of believers praying for me extended from Birmingham, Israel, Africa, and Australia. The continuous prayer of believers both day and night occurred during my entire hospitalization. The power of love shown to me displayed by my wife and family, friends, pastors and church family, colleagues, co-workers, patients and those that just heard about my plight along with the presence of God was sustaining and life giving. There is only one explanation of my survival, and it was receiving a miracle from Jesus! My chance of survival was less than 50% and risk for complications much higher than that.

I am so grateful for the prayers, encouragement, love, and friendship of so many. But most of all, I am grateful to God for the miracle of renewed life and improved understanding of what is important in life. The story of the resurrection of Jesus has so much more meaning to me this year. I want to tell others my testimony and am thankful for His love and miraculous power. To God be the Glory!

-Jeffrey C. Davis, MD

And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you. – Romans 8:11

If you have a Miracle that you would be willing to share, please email melissa@christianfamilypublications.com. Subject Line: Miracle Moments or call 205-408-7150.

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